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Stripped strap button screws.

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Jonloder, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    I find it depends on the size of the screw.

    Toothpicks for little ones, kebab skewers and even chopsticks for bigger ones.

    I can't believe I got through this post with no innuendos.
     
  2. Sparky2

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    He stripped out the hole, not the screw
    That's what he's trying to explain to you
    Sure he can shim
    With a toothpick glued right in
    Why not just buy a new guitar or two?

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  3. swervinbob

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    Nice limerick
     
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  4. jvin248

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    +1 the toothpick option. The round style toothpicks are birch.

    The drilling and doweling and drilling process is filled with numerous potential problems for the unwary. Chipping finish, wandering drill bit, off-center hole, bit and dowel size mismatch, extra time....

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    ^For The Win^

    That's the idea. Prevent it happening in the first place.

    If you want to use a longer or larger screw but the screw head is too fat to fit, e.g., with a Straplock button, you can easily modify the screw head.

    Chuck it threads-in into your power drill and run the drill while holding the rotating screw head against the spinning wheel of a bench grinder. This reduces the diameter of the screw head. Stop and check your progress as you work, because you want it to just barely fit into the button. Remove too much material and you'll substantially weaken the screw head.

    As you get close to final dimension, switch to holding a smooth file against the screw head.

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  6. ale.istotle

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    For something that no one can see I go with what is easy and works. In most cases the toothpick trick works fine for my use, but i have one guitar that the end grain just seems to crumble when you tighten the screw. Dowel and re-drill seemed like too much of a project for a little result. I cut the end off of one of these and it's rock solid with a #10 wood screw.

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  7. WalthamMoosical

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    I've switched back to toothpicks and matchsticks. The tees were cheap, but the greens fees just killed me.
     
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  9. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Just put some CA glue, the thick type from a hobby shop, on the screw. I've NEVER had to dowel that problem. Also make sure the screw is a decent one, some import screws seem to have little thread depth on the screw.
     
  10. Dunedin2019

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    If you can get three toothpicks in the hole they will guide the screw
     
  11. Lakeabilene

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    Not much of a problem with teles. You should have to deal with the SG, it's a shallow bit of wood with the truss rod under it. HA
     
  12. TX_Slinger

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    Mahogany is the worst in my experience for wobbling out the holes. Doweling the holes with walnut is a great way to go. Not sure how i ended up with a walnut dowel but having been using pieces of the same one for years in mahogany guitars. My alder, plywood and pine guitars work pretty well with toothpicks and glue, but i rarely have to do it. I switched from felt pads to neoprene washers a couple years ago which I think helps keep the screws from loosening in the 1st place, which causes the problem.
     
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    I've used toothpicks and also filled the holes with epoxy putty, but not all the way up. You can press a little perfectly centered dimple into the putty with any number of things - chopstick, nail-set, whatever. Then you drill a pilot hole, and you're already below the finish, drilling into a little crater. Easy to hit the center of the hole, hard to hit the finish.
     
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  14. Ted Keane

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    I started cutting a piece of solder.Just insert that and put in the screw.
     
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